It seems like financial crises are looming large these days, and many people are unsure how they're going to meet obligations like rent, utility bills, car payments and more over the coming months.
When you and your spouse got married, it was "share and share alike." Well, the halcyon days of your relationship are past and you've developed a creeping intuition that your spouse is not being honest with you about money matters -- probably in preparation for a split.
Your marriage is unhappy, and you want out. Now, you just need to understand what it takes to make that happen. Part of that process is making certain that you fully recognize the financial consequences of a divorce and are prepared for them.
If you're facing a divorce, it's natural to think about your finances. It's expensive to split up and start over.
Problems with money and other financial issues have caused many a marriage to crash and burn. The problem is exacerbated when one spouse is financially naive and unaware of the family's finances.
Marriage is a big commitment -- so how do you know when it's time to call it quits? If you're struggling to determine whether your marriage can still be saved or not, here are the signs that a relationship is truly over:
If your marriage is ending because your spouse was abusive, unfaithful or otherwise responsible for the breakdown of your relationship, you may be justified in feeling a little bitter about having to split your assets. (That may even be doubly so if you were the person who worked hardest to acquire those assets and build up the nest egg you have -- while your spouse only drove up the credit card bills.)
Is your marriage over, but you and your spouse haven't taken steps toward divorce yet? If so, it can seem fake to plaster on your "happy face" and smile through all of the holiday events that are coming up.
Every year, the holiday season can cause a considerable amount of stress for families of all kinds. Distant family members may be thrown together with people they simply don't enjoy being around. Newly divorced couples often struggle to figure out their "new normal," unsure of how, when or where to celebrate now that they're single again.
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